Apr 21, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog 
2024-2025 Catalog

Doctoral Degree Requirements

Student Responsibility 

Students are responsible for knowledge of, and adherence to, all university requirements and regulations.

Students are responsible for knowing the degree requirements for their major and enrolling in courses that meet those degree requirements and regulations.

Students are responsible for seeking information and assistance from appropriate staff should they have any questions regarding requirements or regulations.

Student Learning Outcomes

A student receiving a doctoral degree must have demonstrated the following:

  1. an in-depth knowledge of significant theories, issues and findings, and mastery of appropriate skills within a specific discipline;
  2. the ability to apply such knowledge and skills;
  3. the ability to read, interpret, and evaluate research literature and to relate results to selected areas of interest;
  4. the ability to analyze problems and to critique attempted solutions, especially within the student’s own discipline;
  5. the ability to integrate knowledge from a variety of disciplines;
  6. the ability to design and implement a research, scholarly, or creative project; and
  7. the ability to communicate scholarly thought to professional colleagues through writing and discussion.

These general learning outcomes are in addition to program-specific learning outcomes.

Self-Service Student Planning

This tool in your MyGSU account allows you access to register for courses, plan degree progress, and review your plan of study/degree audit for your academic program.  You should work with your academic advisor each semester to evaluate your degree progress to ensure that you are meeting your academic goals and to verify that you are registered for the appropriate courses that count towards your degree program.

Self-Service Student Planning https://www.govst.edu/uploadedFiles/Admissions/Registration_and_Enrollment/Self-Service%20Tutorial%20.pdf

The student study plan/degree audit for the degree sought will detail the requirements which are in effect at the time of admission as a degree-seeking student. These requirements will remain unchanged as long as a student’s enrollment in the program has not been interrupted by more than six (6) semesters including summer semester unless substitutions need to be made due to curriculum change. For students transferring credits into a graduate program this must be approved by the academic advisor during the first semester of enrollment when the student study plan is developed. In your self-service student planning you will be able to access your degree audit which will provide you with your degree progress. Some graduate programs require prerequisite courses that may not be included in the degree audit. Please work with your academic advisor to identify any prerequisite courses.

Academic Standing

Doctoral students who maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 are in good standing.

Residency Requirements

All doctoral students are required to earn a minimum of 24 credit-hours of course work from Governors State University before the award of the doctoral degree. In addition, all doctoral students must meet program residency requirements, which are more stringent, as defined by the curriculum displays before the award of the doctoral degree.

Application for Graduation

Students should arrange to meet with their assigned academic advisors to review the student study plan and verify expected completion of degree requirements. Students must apply for graduation by the published deadline. Students should complete both an Application for Graduation form and a Student Progress Report form, available on the web or in the Registrar’s Office. The application is approved by the advisor, division/department chair, and dean. Approval by the Registrar’s Office results in degree certification and awarding of the diploma. A $125 graduation application fee covers costs of diplomas and commencement.


Commencement is held once a year. Participation is optional. Participation is available for students who have completed their degree requirements during December of the previous year, as certified by the Registrar. Students on track to complete their requirements in May or August of the current year may apply to participate. Students with any unpaid financial obligation to the university are not eligible to participate. Participation in a commencement ceremony does not constitute certification of degree completion. All participants must be certified by the Registrar before receiving a degree.


Diplomas are awarded only upon verification of completion of all degree requirements and satisfaction of all financial obligations to the university. Diplomas are inscribed with the type of degree, major, date, and the student name on record at the time the degree was confirmed.